Monthly Archives: January 2015

2014 in Review

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To keep up with my blogging traditions, below you will find my list of highlights from this past calendar year.

  1.  My academic family grew. Ali Bozorgi, who was co-advised by Dima Nazzal and myself, become the first branch on my academic tree. Ali is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Clemson University and Greenville Health System.  My academic family tree should add two more branches in May when Faraz Ramtin will defend his Ph.D. dissertation and Patrick Reilly will defend his master’s thesis.
  2. Modeling is powerful stuff. My team and I spent lots of time and brain power developing models to quantify and evaluate sea-based logistics system design in the face of imperfect visibility.  We got great feedback when we presented this work to the Marines and the Navy in May, as well as hosted our Office of Naval Research managers in our lab in November.  I am proud of this work as it is illustrative of how mathematical models can be extremely powerful tools in understanding complex problems, and testing possible solutions.  I find research that builds mathematical models and uses them as a playground to test hypothesis and to gain understanding and insights into complex problems is rewarding and has impact.
  3. School is cool.  Education and learning continue to be cool and rewarding experiences for me.  I greatly enjoy my time in the classroom, having taught a graduate production and inventory control course, a graduate operations research course, and an undergraduate industrial engineering in the service sector course this past year.
  4. Conferences are good for my soul. I always look forward to professional conferences, but this year in particular I found conferences to be extremely valuable.  They allowed me to see my research from the forest rather than the trees, and I got to spend time in fun places with new and old friends.
  5. Fruitful and fun collaborations.  Such collaborations with colleagues and students resulted in a number of publications being accepted this year.
    1. Bozorgi, Ali, Pazour, Jennifer A., and Nazzal, Dima, 2014, “A New Inventory Model for Cold Items that Considers Costs and Emissions,” International Journal of Production Economics, 155, 114–125. (Special Issue: Celebrating a Century of the Economic Order Quantity Model).
    2. Carrano, Andres, Pazour, Jennifer A., Roy, Debjit, and Thorn, Brian, (to appear) “Selection of Pallet Management Strategies based on Carbon Emissions Impact,” International Journal of Production Economics. (Special Issue: Carbon-efficient Production, Supply Chains and Logistics).
    3. Pazour, Jennifer A., and Carlo, Hector J. (to appear) “Warehouse Reshuffling: Insights and Optimization,” Transportation Research Part E.
    4. Pazour, Jennifer A. and Roy, Debjit, (to appear) “Analyzing Rental Vehicle Threshold Policies that Consider Expected Waiting Times for Two Customer Classes,”‘ Computers & Industrial Engineering.

All in all, life was pretty great in 2014.  I’m looking forward to what’s in store in 2015!